- Date:Monday 24th April 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
JAN MESSEDER is a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Orchestra’s lead vocalist, she has appeared in London at Ronnie Scott’s and at Pizza on the Park. Her stage work includes The Life of Barbara Streisand, and she has toured Canada and Europe with Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis.
She has been a brilliant singer for many years, with her ability to hold pitch perfect notes. A genuinely talented singer who should not be missed if you get the chance!
With Jan this evening will be :
JOHN PEARCE/keys DAVE GREEN/bass BOBBY WORTH/drums
- Date:Monday 17th April 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
TED BEAMENT is one of the finest pianists that Britain has to offer. As well as being a great band player, Ted is equally at home performing as an innovative soloist or providing an excellent accompaniment for any vocalist. As well as being part of the great Humphrey Lyttleton Band for many years, he has played alongside many fine soloists such as Spike Robinson, Al Cohn, Don Rendell to name but a very few.
Ted has performed world-wide and yet manages to maintain his superb musicianship around Britain and on the London jazz scene - of which he is such an integral part.
Supporting Ted this evening will be MURRAY SALMON on Bass and LES CIRKEL on Drums.
- Date:Monday 10th April 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
VASILIS XENOPOLOUS is one of the most fiery young saxophonists around as he blazes a path through a hard bop repertoire. He's a great favourite at Bexley - and this time introduces us to yet another tenorist with a rapidly growing reputation.
CHARIS IOANNOU was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1976. In 1997 he was enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and won the Woodwind Achievement Award in the last year of his studies in Boston. Charis left the United States in 2005 and moved back to Cyprus.
Charis is currently teaching the saxophone and the jazz idiom at the University of Nicosia as well as making guest faculty appearances in workshops held in Italy, Lebanon and Greece and continuing to perform and record as a leader as well as a sideman in Cyprus and abroad.
Charis has also appeared at Ronnie Scott's in London.
Supporting Vasilis and Charis this evening will be a truly great Trio -
RICHARD BUSIAKIEWICZ/Keys.....ANDY CLEYNDERT/Bass.......ROD BROWN/Drums
- Date:Monday 3rd April 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
LEON GREENING - perhaps the most talented and exciting young pianist on the scene today leads his Quartet this evening with :
CHRISTIAN BREWER - the most soulful and lyrical of Altoists on the UK scene
ADAM KING - on double bass and MATT HOME - drums
- Date:Monday 27th March 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
Well.....it's "That Man" again........who else but......... MR ALAN BARNES..........
Alan is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty years ago.
Throughout his career to date Alan has accumulated over 25 British Jazz Awards and twice been nominated as the BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.
This evening at Bexley Alan will be with BRIAN DEE/keys - DAVE GREEN/bass - CLARK TRACEY/drums
- Date:Monday 20th March 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12.....
MARLENE VER PLANCK SINGS TO US THIS EVENING BACKED BY HER TRIO :
There are songs and singers ..... and then.....there is MARLENE VerPLANCK....who may be the most accomplished interpreter of popular modern material performing today.
From Big Bands to Studio work, Radio, TV, Clubs and Concerts - Marlene VerPlanck has done it all.
She has the kind of skill which makes her voice a fourth instrument onstage. Marlene clearly loves what she does and still, after all these years, projects the young, unjaded quality of a performer who still wants to share.
We are so fortunate to be able to share an evening with MARLENE VerPLANCK - the Ultimate Professional.
Such talent and skill demands top class backup - therefore - this evening Marlene's Trio is :
JOHN PEARCE/keyboards - PAUL MORGAN/double bass - BOBBY WORTH/drums
- Date:Monday 13th March 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
This evening at BEXLEY - by very special request from Club Members - we welcome back to the Club
ROB BARRON with what he proudly announces as his "A" Team ! It has been said of Pianist Rob Barron ...
“Man, you can really swing, I love the way you connect your sound. - Benny Green
“Pianist Rob Barron was particularly impressive, his spidery, Horace Silver-like runs carving out their own space amongst the rest of the band.” – John Fordham (The Guardian)
Rob's "A" Team is COLIN OXLEY/Guitar - JEREMY BROWN/Double Bass - JOSH MORRISON/Drums
- Date:Monday 6th March 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
The very wonderful PETE NEIGHBOUR - with his Clarinet - takes a break from Cruising to entertain us at Bexley this evening.
He'll be joined by - JOHN PEARCE/keyboards - ANDY CLEYNDERT/bass and BOBBY WORTH/drums
- Date:Monday 27th February 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
The wonderful jazz singer - ANITA WARDELL - will, once more, ripple like a sophisticated summers evening
This evening they will be wonderfully supported by ROBIN ASPLAND on keys - JEREMY (JEZ) BROWN/bass and STEVE BROWN/drums
- Date:Monday 20th February 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
KAREN SHARP - SAXOPH0NES & CLARINET makes a very welcome return to Bexley together with :
With remarkably little fuss, Karen Sharp rose from newcomer in Humphrey Lyttelton's final band to being voted top tenor saxophonist in 2010's British Jazz awards. Her style is so flexible she can move effortlessly from an old standard like "Bye Bye Baby" to her own ethereal title track, adjusting the sound through subtle shifts of tone and attack. Humph persuaded her to add baritone to her tenor, and she is equally impressive on that. Karen is indisputedly A-team, and her material full of pleasant surprises
This evening Karen is accompanied by :
SIMON WALLACE/keys.....ADAM KING/double bass........MATT HOME/drums
- Date:Monday 13th February 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
LEON GREENING is a brilliant pianist and listening to him is like hearing the history of Post Bop Piano.
With him this evening will be MATT WATES who is said to be the most swinging Alto player on both sides of the Atlantic.
On Double Bass we will have MALCOLM CREESE and on Drums none other than BOBBY WORTH.
- Date:Monday 6th February 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
JEFF HOOPER - International Cabaret and Big Band Vocalist and Entertainer - is one of the most talented and best-liked vocalists on the European scene. Bexley's in for a Sumptuous New Year's Treat.
Early in his career Jeff worked with Matt Monroe - sang with Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones - has been a great friend of lyricist Hal David of Bacharach David - who says Jeff is one of his favourite singers - and worked with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
Claire Martin says "I was totally blown away by this CD - his vocal range is stunning - and he swings too!!"
Jeff's hand-picked Rhythm section this evening is :
JOHN PEARCE - keys
PAUL MORGAN - double bass
NEIL BULLOCK - drums
- Date:Monday 30th January 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
PLEASE DO NOTE OUR EARLIER START TIME OF 8PM - FINISHING 10:30PM
"MARK CROOKS is a star on the Clarinet.....he pops up all over the London scene". Mark is a member of the superb Back to Basie Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra - and although Mark has worked in a wide range of musical settings he is, undoubtedly, most at home in the jazz world.
This evening Mark will be accompanied by a superb Trio :
RICHARD BUSHIAKEVITZ/keyboards - DAVE CHAMBERLAIN/double bass - ROD BROWN/drums
- Date:Monday 23rd January 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12 (Advance Payment Reference 0417)
RESERVATIONS NOW BEING TAKEN
PLEASE DO NOTE OUR EARLIER START TIME OF 8PM - FINISHING 1030PM
On November 20 2016 - DEELEE DUBE was one of only 5 Finalists (out of 153) to be selected to take part in the Finals of the Sarah Vaughan International Competition in the US.
SHE HAS WON THE CONTEST !!! - SO - as we said before..... THIS LADY CAN SING !!!
Come along to BEXLEY JAZZ CLUB this evening and judge for yourself.
Since January 2015, Deelee has been resident singer at Renato D’Aiello’s Late, Late Show at Ronnie Scott's. also teaming up with the Renato D’Aiello Sextet, and performing to a full house at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Sreet for two nights in February 2015.
Born in London, Deelee studied at the Brit School of performing Arts and pursued an academic path in music - graduating with a BA honours degree.
Deelee possesses a voice quality that is wonderfully versatile, ranging from a sonorous vibrant tone to a stunningly mature and sophisticated one, yet all encapsulated within a wide vocal range that remains pure across her entire vocal register.
Deelee especially captures the attention of audiences with her swooping glissandi and variation of melody, and, most notably, her unique expression of emotion and intonation through song.
Accompanying Deelee will be her own Trio :
Alex Bryson - keyboards: Jay Dervish - Double Bass: Andrea Trillo - drums:
- Date:Monday 16th January 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£20 (Advance Payment Reference 0317)
THE LEGENDARY SCOTT HAMILTON
PERFORMING FOR THE FIRST TIME AT BEXLEY JAZZ CLUB ON
MONDAY 16TH JANUARY 2017
NOW FULLY BOOKED
"Following a Scott Hamilton solo is like listening to a great conversationalist in full flow. First comes the voice, the inimitable, assured sound of his tenor saxophone, then the informal style and, finally, the amazing fluency and eloquent command of the jazz language"......Dave Gelly
Scott Hamilton was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1954 and, during his childhood, heard a lot of jazz through his father's extensive record collection - thus becoming acquainted with the jazz greats. The only formal music tuition he ever had was at around 8 years of age on clarinet - taking up saxophone around 8 years later. In his early 20s Scott moved to NY and met his 'champion' Eldridge and was introduced to such as Illinois Jacquet, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones. In December 1976 Scott joined Benny Goodman for whom he continued to work until the early 80s. A year later he was signed to the Concord label, for whom he still records - now some 40 albums later.
The 'Ronnie' for International Jazz Saxophonist of the Year in the 2007 inaugural Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards was awarded to Scott Hamilton.
SCOTT HAMILTON is in demand the world over - so BOOK TODAY for your place at BEXLEY, 16-01-2017.
Scott's stellar quartet will be :
JOHN PEARCE - keyboards..........DAVE GREEN - double bass..........STEVE BROWN - drums
- Date:Monday 9th January 2017 at 8:00pmTicket Price:£12
FIRST OF ALL - DO PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW START TIME AT BEXLEY OF 8PM - FINISHING 10.30PM.
It is always a delight to welcome AL NICHOLLS back to Bexley - both as a person and musician. Through the bands of Ray Gelato, The Big Town Playboys, Kings Pleasure etc Al comes to us now as Leader and musical driving force of London's jump jive and swing band - Blue Harlem.
With Al this evening will be IMRE VARGA/keyboards - SANDY BURNETT/double bass - and
EMILIANO CAROSELI/ drums.
- Date:Monday 19th December 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
NOW FULLY BOOKED
IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN !!! ..... THE BEXLEY CHRISTMAS BASH .... Mince Pies & Christmas Cake.....
YOU'VE GOT TO DIG IT TO DIG - YOU DIG ! Who else - but "Son of Bexley" - MR DEREK NASH.
Leading UK Saxophonist, leader of the award-winning SAX APPEAL, co-leader of funk/groove band PROTECT THE BEAT, featured member of the JOOLS HOLLAND RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA, producer and engineer at CLOWNS POCKET RECORDING STUDIO.
Front Lining together with Derek this evening will be ENRICO TOMASSO - Trumpet & Vocals. Enrico simply loves, stylistically, to play across the board - Swing, Mainstream, Bop - keeping his music forever fresh - with echoes from the Ken Mackintosh Band, Pasadena Orchestra, Ray Gelato, Acker Bilk, Harry Gold etc etc.
A great rhythm section this evening will be :
GRAHAM HARVEY/keys .... GEOFF GASCOYNE/bass........SEBASTIAAN DE KROM/drums
- Date:Monday 12th December 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
He's back with us once more - the irrepressible - the superb MR ALAN BARNES together with great pianist and longtime friend of Alan's - MR BRIAN DEE.
On Bass will be MR. SIMON THORPE and on drums MR DAVE BARRY.
Alan promises a "Christmassey" evening - so do come and join us to get into that "25th Mood".
- Date:Monday 28th November 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
DAMON BROWN is a superb musician with a unique voice on both Trumpet & Flugelhorn - presenting this evening his KOREAN TRIO.
KANG WOONG and PARK JIN KYO lived and studied together for 3 years in New York with two of the jazz greats on their instruments - Peter Berstein and Ron Carter. Hence, when they returned to Seoul they quickly became two of the busiest rythm section men on the scene.
This Tour with Damon celebrates the release of their new CD "WALKING ON".
Completing this line up will be the superb CLARKE TRACEY on drums
- Date:Monday 21st November 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
Of the great Tenorist - HARRY ALLEN - Gene Lees writes, "Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, 'My technique, Al Cohn's ideas, and Zoot's time.' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old HARRY ALLEN."
Likewise John Pizzarelli says "Harry Allen's playing is nothing less than PERFECT"
So we seem assured of another truly great evening of jazz here at Bexley.
Harry Allen's backing will, of course, be the best - with ANDREA POZZA/keys - SIMON WOOLF/bass and STEVE BROWN on drums.
- Date:Monday 14th November 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
ROGER BEAUJOLAIS - has emerged as an essential player on the British jazz scene following a long career which has taken in jump/jive and acid jazz along the way and, this evening, we'll revel in his quite masterly technique on the Vibraphones.
With Roger this evening will be the inestimable ROBIN ASPLAND on keyboard - SIMON THORPE on bass - and on drums WINSTON CLIFFORD
- Date:Monday 7th November 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
GREG ABATE from the US is back with us again - a bebopper pure and simple who brings passion and a lovely melodic tone to his playing.
GREG ABATE is a man who has built a career as a powerhouse reed man and a proponent of the mainstream bebop style - earning the nickname "The Prince of Bop". He is a multi instrumentalist - equally at home on alto, tenor, soprano, baritone, flute.....think Charlie Parker, Phil Woods. From an album recorded with Phil Woods - Greg will include in his programme this evening the very lovely WILLOW WEEP FOR ME.
Greg will be supported this evening by the superb CRAIG MILVERTON/keyboards - SANDY SUCHODOLSKI on double bass and NICK MILLWARD on drums.
- Date:Monday 31st October 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
SANDY SUCHODOLSKI is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music. As well as fronting ‘The Sandy Suchodolski Trio’, he is one of the founding members of the ‘John Cervantes Quintet’ which also features Gareth Lockrane. He can be heard at Ronnie Scott’s with ‘The Quentin Collins Quartet’ – and with various other bandleaders. Sandy has also worked with Scott Hamilton, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Big Band and John Wilson Orchestra - to name but a few.
With Sandy this evening will be ROB BARRON/keys and MATT SKELTON/drums.
- Date:Monday 24th October 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
T W O T R O M B O N E S....................One Great Evening
GORDON CAMPBELL is one of this country's leading Trombone players - leading for the John Wilson Orchestra and the BBC Big Band.
Gordon holds the post as Trombone Professor at the Royal Marine School of Music, Portsmouth and the Royal Academy as well as having been appointed - in 2015 - Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for Jazz Trombone.
ROBBIE HARVEY has performed across Europe and further afield with groups such as the BBC Big Band, Guy Barker Orchestra, Laurence Cottle Big Band, Gordon Campbell Big Band, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra, Cleo Laine and the late John Dankworth, amongst many others.
Superb backing this evening will be with ROBIN ASPLAND/keys - DAVE CHAMBERLAIN/bass and STEVE BROWN/drums.
- Date:Monday 17th October 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£15
Rumour has it that someone at Bexley will be celebrating a Birthday this evening - so let's combine great British jazz with a large dose of North Wales good humour.
DEAN MASSER/sax and NEIL YATES/trumpet have decided to STOP worrying about the state of the world in general and play some uplifting jazz to raise their spirits.
So -they're ready - together with ALAN BARNES - to share the good vibes with all of us this evening.
By bringing back a simple combination of witty banter and musical seriousness that Britain became famous for in the 1960s, through the genius of national treasures such as Humphrey Lyttelton and Ronnie Scott, THE JAZZ WORRIERS are inviting us back in to enjoy the creativity of swing and jazz, with a twist of 21st century innovation..... DO JOIN US - for some great music and a lots of fun !
Backing Dean, Neil and Alan this evening will be :
ROBIN ASPLAND/keys - ANDY CLEYNDERT/bass - BOBBY WORTH/drums
- Date:Monday 10th October 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12 ... ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED
This evening will be very special - presented by CHRIS HARE who instigated and directed the Lewisham Jazz Festival throughout the 80s - sponsored by Citibank - with an 800 seater theatre staging such as Buddy Rich, George Shearing, Peggy Lee, Wynton Marsalis, Sarah Vaughan, Roberta Flack etc. The Festival won 4 major Awards and was broadcast around the world.
This evening Chris will present vocalist VERONA CHARD - together with his unique memories and anecdotes gathered throughout his 40 years in jazz and entertainment.
VERONA met Humphrey Lyttleton in 2005 through jazz pianist Ted Beament - when Humph asked Verona to feature on the "Jail Break" track for his "Sad Sweet Songs & Crazy Rhythms" album.
Accompanying Verona this evening will be an all-star Trio :
JOHN HORLER/keyboard - ALEC DANKWORTH/double bass and WINSTON CLIFFORD/drums
- Date:Monday 3rd October 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
- Date:Monday 26th September 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£15
JOE MUDELE'S "BLUE ROOM SEVEN" led by COLIN HICKMAN
"Mudele's Blue Room" first opened its doors on Garrick Street on 29th November 1952 with Joe's group playing Monday, Friday and Saturday evenings - packed every evening - until eventually taken over by the owner of Studio 51. In the late '40s Joe also played in the Dankworth Seven.
Hence - before Joe died on 7th March 2014 he and Colin talked about setting up this event at Bexley to commemorate the above. Colin did so and it'll now be performed regularly in loving remembrance of JOE MUDELE who played bass at this Club for over 20 years - subsequently taking on the running and organisation of the Club 14 years ago - together with his wife, Jan Mudele - who makes certain Bexley Jazz Club remains one of the best in the country.
As always COLIN HICKMAN will lead - having made all of the Arrangements for the following superb lineup.
PAUL MORGAN/double bass
- Date:Monday 19th September 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
A really great evening in store at BEXLEY JAZZ CLUB this evening with : AYDENNE SIMONE and DEREK NASH
Aydenne is one of London's finest Jazz singers - as many testimonials will tell you. For 26 years Aydenne has wowed audiences with her deep, powerful vocal tones - taking her career to countless prestigious milestone performances. For Aydenne 2016 has been a great year - having released two singles in early 2016, showcasing her song writing ability! Look out for them on sale this evening.
YOU'VE GOT TO DIG IT TO DIG - YOU DIG ! Who else - but "Son of Bexley" - DEREK NASH.
Leading UK saxophonist, leader of the award-winning SAX APPEAL, co-leader of funk/groove band PROTECT THE BEAT, featured member of the JOOLS HOLLAND RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA, producer and engineer at CLOWNS POCKET RECORDING STUDIO. In support this evening will be 3 superb musicians :
IMRA VARGA - Aydenne's great music buddy - on keys
EMILIANO CAROSELLI - drums
DARIO DELECCE - bass
- Date:Monday 12th September 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
PAUL HIGGS presents "A Brief History of Jazz"
Paul Higgs is renowned as one of the UK's leading trumpet players and composers.
In this Show Paul presents a musical tour of the history of jazz, playing hits by the legendary greats - Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and Miles Davis - amongst others. He takes you from the early styles of New Orleans, Swing and Bebop, through to cool jazz, modal and latin.
Paul has performed with Johnny Dankworth, Lulu, Tony Hatch, John Williams, Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson. He has also performed in many concert venues around the world, including our own Ronnie Scott's, Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room and regularly receives a standing ovation.
His understanding of musical genres and composition, coupled with his exceptional skills as a performer ensure that he is very much in demand.
supporting Paul this evening will be :
SIMON WALLACE - keys
ANDY CLEYNDERT - double bass
JEFF LARDNER - drums
- Date:Monday 5th September 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
- Date:Monday 29th August 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
GUNTHER KURMAYR - has spent many years touring the world with the Ray Gelato Giants. Tonight he leads his top notch trio on a journey through the Great American Songbook, shining new light through old windows and infusing timeless standards with a uniquely impressionistic classical style.
With Gunther this evening is MANUEL ALVAREZ on Double Bass
RICHARD PITE - a drummer who has made a speciality of vintage drumming techniques during the early days of the 20s and 30s through to the great names of the swing era - Jo Jones, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa. Richard also plays tuba and double bass and, in his spare time, is Director of Music at Boisdale.
- Date:Monday 22nd August 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
We're delighted to welcome BRANDON ALLEN back to BEXLEY again. Orginally from Perth, Western Australia, Brandon has now been based in London for the past 16 years - since when he has worked with many and varied artists, groups and ensembles.
Brandon also works as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films and his work has been featured in films including "Alfie"(2004) and "The Look of Love" (2013)
Joining Brandon on tenor sax this evening will be:
ROSS STANLEY/piano-organ: ARNIE SOMOGYI/bass: MATT HOME/drums:
- Date:Monday 15th August 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
ALAN BARNES plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard urban post bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot - which is always part of the story of jazz (John Walters, The Guardian).
Alan is a multi, multi Award Winning Saxophonist - having won over 25 British Jazz Awards and twice been made British Jazz Musician of the Year.
Alan's superb, top class Trio this evening will be :
JOHN CRITCHINSON/keyboard......DAVE GREEN/double bass.......DAVE BARRY/drums
- Date:Monday 8th August 2016 at 8:30pmTicket Price:£12
The very lovely JO FOOKS is with us once more with her hard swinging, warm toned Tenor. A delight to hear and an even greater delight to know.
This evening Jo will be playing with :
TED BEAMENT/Keys - VAL MANNIX/Bass - BUSTER BIRCH/drums